About Courtenay

A destination like no other

The City of Courtenay is situated on the east coast of central Vancouver Island, within the traditional lands of the K'ómoks First Nation. Accessible by land, sea or air, Courtenay is a culturally diverse community that offers supernatural beauty at its doorstep. The City of Courtenay (approximate population 28,000) is the urban and cultural hub of the Comox Valley (approximate population 72,000). Courtenay is an innovative, vibrant and growing city.

With many beaches, rivers, and lakes; Mt. Washington Ski and Alpine Resort; and world class golfing, the Comox Valley is known for year-round recreation and sports opportunities.

The popular Courtenay Riverway is one of our community's most popular and scenic attractions. The waterfront walkway is steps away from the downtown core, and offers great views of the Courtenay Estuary, attracting bird watchers and photographers year-round. The walkway surrounds the Courtenay Airpark, a small public aerodrome.

This is one of few places in the world where you may go ocean kayaking in the morning, cycle at lunch, downhill ski in the afternoon... and then end your day dining at a five-star restaurant or simply enjoying a bag lunch on the beach. Here you will find a distinctive community with a rich history and magnificent natural beauty, plus quaint shops, arts, entertainment and plenty more!